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Battery Opinion

Post by dirtwinger » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:42 pm

Just wondering if anyone has had experience with Duracell brand batteries for the Goldwing. Are they as good as their everyday smaller device batteries? And, in looking at an ad for these Duracells, I see designations of "20HL-BS" and "20HL." What would be the difference here? Would it be better to stay with the stock Yuasa GYZ20L? This will be the first new battery for my 2012 GW where the stock battery has lasted seven years and is just now manifesting cranking weakness. Opinions, please and thanks.

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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by RockportDave » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:44 pm

According to Motorsports International
The two letters after the hyphen signify the type of the battery, as in whether it is conventional or sealed. The BS means Battery Sealed. A sealed battery is one that’s filled with acid and sealed after filling. It can be used in any orientation and is offers easier maintenance.
On the other hand, a conventional battery comes in a different way. You will get acid separately and will be required to fill in the acid into the battery when you install it.
Also the last section can also indicate which side the positive terminal will be on.”

I have never use a Duracell bigger than a “D” cell. I know with automotive batteries, a number of them are the same battery from the same manufacturer and sold by different retailers.
I have an Interstate AGM on my 1999 GL1500 and it has performed very well for a year.
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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by AZgl1800 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:10 pm

just get an AGM from any of the manufacturers and be done with it.
the bigger the CCA, the better,

the one I have now is labeled something like "MOTO"..... forget the rest of it,
works just fine.

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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by ka4yqi » Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:14 am

My battery went out on me on the GL1500 when I was up at my son's place. The only place I found that had one was a Batteries & Plus Bulbs. Got the 3 year free replacement from them. Turned out it was a Durcell. Worked like a charm. My son like it so well he got one for the Harley soft tail. I would buy another one in a heart beat. I traded the 1500 for a trike so, guess if I have to have another one I go or at least call to see if they have one for the 1800.

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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by dingdong » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:36 am

I have them in all 3 of my bikes. More than satisfied. Will continue to use when needed.

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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by wing rider 2012 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:41 pm

When I replaced the battery in my 2012 I went with Motobat, so far no problems at all, the battery has 320 CCA and 21Ah.
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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by 823JIM » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:31 pm

Will be replacing mine with one of these before spring. 20ah 400cca manufactured in USA.
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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by DarthJ » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:30 pm

I know when I went AGM, I haven't looked back, it performs flawlessly. The old type, had to charge it if I couldn't ride for a couple days, I just got back from a week vacation, my 1500 fired right up and I had forgotten to put her on the battery tender
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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by Mh434 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:50 am

To be frank (I'll be Ernest, if you'd rather!), there are precious few battery manufacturers, and they produce batteries with hundreds of "brand names" on them...but they're all essentially the same units inside.

As others have suggested, I would recommend an AGM ("absorbed glass mat"-type) battery. They last extremely well, and are well suited to the Wing's electrical budget.

I wouldn't necessarily go with any particular brand, especially a "name brand"'ll pay a LOT extra for the name sticker vs. the identical battery with a "no-name" sticker on it.

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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by winger05 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:32 pm

Over the years I have used multiple brand batteries including the factory batteries. With that being said, they all were ok but, in my personal experience, I found that the Yuasa batteries did not last very long. I then stumbled upon the Duracell battery and I have never looked back . Best battery out there in my opinion. I do keep all my batteries on a battery tender when my Wing is sitting in the garage which I'm sure is helping the longevity of any battery.

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Re: Battery Opinion

Post by dirtwinger » Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:17 pm

Here's an update on my original post asking about opinions of a Duracell replacement battery for my Wing: I did go ahead and purchase the gray Duracell Ultra (the one made in the USA...the other one offered is not), and I am , thus far, quite pleased with its performance. HOWEVER...there was a problem with the installation, and that was that the battery's posts were not tall enough. I had to drag out my Dremel and use it to enlarge the Wing's terminals holes to bring them in alignment with the battery post holes and built-in nuts. That was quite frustrating, to say the least, but in the end it all worked out.

In addition to the terminal/post alignment, before installing the new Duracell, I put it on a 1.2 amp charger to assure the battery had a full charge, as I have learned to do over the years. The advertising shows, "No initial charging needed," but to no surprise, it took several hours to come up to a full charge.

All's well now, and I hope to get a very long life from this new Duracell battery. The old Yuasa original equipment battery lasted seven years. Thanks all for the opinions and help.

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